The final MotoAmerica Motul Superbike race of the season at Barber Motorsport Park in Alabama was a thriller, with yesterday’s victor Toni Elias coming through the pack once again to take his 9th victory of the season for Yoshimura-Suzuki. After a troubled campaign, the result moved outgoing Champ Elias up to second in the final standings.
After a big crash on Saturday, newly crowned MotoAmerica Champion Cameron Beaubier earned a close second for Monster Yamaha, just .3 of a second behind the victor. Also in the battle was early leader Josh Herrin on his Attack Yamaha, three seconds further back at the finish to take third overall.
Meanwhile Ben Young, second overall in the 2018 Mopar CSBK Canadian National Championships, had a strong run with his Scot Build/Barrie Trim BMW S1000RR, earning tenth after a good dice with the similar machine of Geoff May. The two fought right to the finish of the 21 lap race, Young just .4 of a second back from May at the line.
“I knew that today, we should be there (at the front),” explained victor Elias post-race. “I had the pace, and we were strong enough with the soft tire option. I was thinking to open up a gap, but it was incredible lap times with all of us late in the race. It was an incredible push; we were all over the limit.”
Beabier’s second spot was his 16th Podium of 2018 and a real reversal of fortune after his big fall in Saturday’s round. “Yesterday was the biggest off I ‘ve had in a couple of years, but I wasn’t too sore, but my confidence was a little down,” admitted the new number one plate holder. “I knew Toni would push the pace, the track was still a little sketchy and damp in a few places, so it was tough.”
Top privateer Herrin earned his 12th podium of the season after an incredible, up-and-down season. At Barber, he suffered a back injury during a massage on Saturday, but was feeling much better on Sunday. “I’m really happy to finish the year on the podium with a bike that isn’t smashed up,” smiled former Champ Herrin. “We ended up beating two of the factory bikes in the Championship, so I’m so happy with my team, happy to put us up here.”
Young was cheered with a strong effort to complete his 2018 tour, explaining that “I fell like we did a good job overall. We had a much better overall pace today, we made the bike easier to ride, and I really wanted to get a top ten. It’s hard to compare this race to a CSBK round, since I’m not chasing anything, but I think we adapted to the different tires and requirements well.”
Quebec’s Alex Dumas clinched the Liqui Moly Junior Cup title two weeks ago at a sodden New Jersey, but in ultra warm conditions he dominated the final 2018 LTWT race for KTM at Barber. Unlike Saturday’s race, Sunday round had only single bike incidents, and thus no red flags. Dumas sprinted into a lead he would never loose from Pole position, Kawasaki mounted Damien Jigalov earning second after a wild battle with several future stars, including third placed Cory Ventura. Yamaha-mounted Ventura, along with Dumas a KTM Cup front runner last year, was second on Saturday. Dumas won an impressive ten races aboard his orange single on his way to dominating the Championship, winding up with 295 points compared to the 221 total of runner-up Ventura. Early season pace setter Ashton Yates wound up fourth overall for Kawasaki.
The rain-delayed SuperSport race turned out to be a barn burner, with Saturday victor Hayden Gillim repeating aboard the Rickdiculous Racing Yamaha YZF-R6. Gillim lead early, the was caught by newly crowned class Champ J.D. Beach on the sole factory Yamaha entry. On the last lap, Gillim brushed Beach as they headed for the final set of corners, then Gillim hung on to win by about a wheel.
Valentin Debise earned third on the M4 Ecstar Suzuki, getting the best of another good fight with fourth placed Bryce Prince on his Kyle Wyman Racing Yamaha. Braden Ortt of Alberta couldn’t overcome a bad start with his Tuned Racing YZF-R6, and wound up seventh overall.
Sunday, 23 September 2018 18:50 Published in Reports, Results & Points
Outgoing MotoAmerica Superbike Champ Toni Elias scored an impressive victory for Yoshimura-Suzuki in the penultimate race of the Motul Superbike National Championship at Barber Motorsport Park in Alabama. The popular Spanish former Moto2 World Champ made up for a poor qualifying effort by battling to the front and eventually pulling away to win the 21 lap Feature race in the MotoAmerica Series.
Early leader Josh Herrin was a distant second on his privateer Attach-Yamaha YZF-R1, and admitted to easing his pace late in a very hot and humid day in the south. Also in the fight for first was pole sitter Cameron Beaubier, but he crashed his Monster-Yamaha in turn seven, mid-race.
The fight for third was a good one, with South African ace Mathew Scholtz, a victor in the rain here a year ago, staying mostly in front of crowd favorite Roger Hayden. Yoshimura-Suzuki’s Hayden is retiring at the end of this weekend, and was briefly third late in the race. But Hayden ran wide and Scholtz made a re-pass to score third on his Yamalube Yamaha.
Hayden settle for fourth, and a good race long battle for fifth was resolved with Ecstar/M4 Suzuki’s Jake Lewis earning the spot ahead of sixth best Danny Eslick on his BMW. Second works Yamaha racer Garrett Gerloff earned seventh, Genuine Broaster Chicken-backed Honda team-mates Bobby Fong and Cameron Petersen battling to take eight and ninth.
Mopar CSBK National Championship runner-up Ben Young had a good race, but gradually faded from the pack in front to net 13th overall with his Scot built BMW S1000RR. Post-race, Young explained that he was struggling with the front end, but the team had some ideas to deal with the issue, and were looking forward to tomorrow’s final 2018 North American National road race event.
In the SuperSport class for middleweight machinery, Hayden Gillim scored a break-through dry race victory for privateer Rickdiculous Racing Yamaha, holding off the charge of new class Champ J.D. Beach aboard the works Monster Yamaha. French star Valentin Debise was a close third on a M4 Ecstar Suzuki.
Alberta’s Braeden Ortt had another strong effort aboard the Tuned Racing Yamaha YZF-R6, moving up over several restarts to claim a strong fourth overall at the finish.
In the Liqui Moly Junior Cup portion of the MotoAmerica Championship of Alabama, newly crowned debut class Champ Alex Dumas of Quebec earned another solid victory. KTM Orange Brigade racer Dumas lead the whole way for his ninth win of the season, gradually pulling away from Cory Ventura’s MP13 Yamaha YZF-R3. Ventura holds second in the standing’s with only Sunday’s race left to run in the Championship. Renzo Ferreira was third on the Quarterly Racing Kawasaki Ninja 400.
Suzuki SV650 mounted Darrell Ricks won a close Twins Cup final, holding off Robert McLendon’s Yamaha and third placed Curtis Murray on another Suzuki.
British Columbia’s Darren James was in the thick of the fight for podium honors until he experienced mechanical issues with just under a lap to go in the Twins Final. James, who had a strong Twins debut earlier this season at Sears Point, California, and has raced the class on the roads in the U.K., was riding a brand new Yamaha twin built by Randy Palmer’s RP MotoArts.
Tomorrow’s schedule includes a full program of events to conclude the 2018 MotoAmerica National Championship tour.
Saturday, 22 September 2018 20:04 Published in Reports, Results & Points
Qualifying is complete for the final round of the 2018 MotoAmerica Championship at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama, and Monster Yamaha’s Cameron Beaubier will start from pole in today’s first of two 21 lap Superbike feature races. Fourth best prior to the SuperPole session, Beaubier mounted the super soft Dunlop rear slick and earned the top spot on the grid with a lap at 1:23.5.
Second spot belongs to Josh Herrin on his privateer Attack Yamaha at 1:29.3, while Mathew Scholtz will complete the front row aboard the Yamalube Yamaha with a tour at 1:24.0, making it a YZF-R1 sweep of the front row.
Fourth belongs to Danny Eslick on the Scheibe BMW, a strong effort for the popular privateer. Fastest early in the program, Garrett Gerloff is fifth on the grid with the second factory Yamaha, followed by the top Suzuki of M4 Ecstar’s privateer Jake Lewis. The full factory Yoshimura-Suzukis, normally at the front of the pack, will start next, with reigning number one Toni Elias followed by the retiring Roger Hayden.
Canadian front runner Ben Young starts 13th, the first rider not eligible to qualify via today’s short SuperPole session. Still working through some minor issues, Young is optimistic about his race pace chances on the Scot Built/Barrie Trim BMW S1000RR.
In support class action, newly crowned Liqui Moly Junior Cup Champ Alex Dumas of Quebec earned pole in that race, preparing for a trip to Europe to ride for KTM in the Junior category supporting World Superbike.
In the Supersport division for 600cc class machinery, Alberta’s Braeden Ortt will start from fourth on the grid aboard his Tuned Racing Yamaha YZF-R6. Pole position belongs to the Rickdiculous Racing Yamaha of Hayden Gillim, followed by the M4 Ecstar Suzuki of French ace Valentin Debise. New Champ J.D. Beach completes the front row in SuperSport aboard his Monster Energy works Yamaha.
In the Twins Cup race, B.C.’s Darren James rejoins the series with his Yamaha twin, and the veteran will start from the second row of the grid in sixth with his Ruthless Racing entry. Pole belongs to Robert McLendon on another Yamaha.
Saturday, 22 September 2018 14:39 Published in Reports, Results & Points
The 2018 MotoAmerica season got underway at Georgia’s Road Atlanta circuit on Friday April 13 with a day of practice and qualifying preceding the weekend doubleheader of racing.
Sunday, 15 April 2018 23:07 Published in Reports, Results & Points
Mathew Scholtz of South Africa made history at Barber Motorsport Park’s final 2017 MotoAmerica round, the Honda Championship of Alabama, with a win for the Westby Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 team. In a much delayed race with major drainage and traction issues, "“second tier” Bazzaz Superstock 1000 class racer Scholtz (the newly-crowned class Champ) hung on to some wild slides to take the overall, as well as his class, win.
Earlier, Scholtz had crashed in spectacular style heading onto the front straight, a victim of a suddenly increasing rain storm, just as the race was stopped. After a lengthy, hour-plus delay, the race was re-launched for a third time over 12 laps, rather than the originally-scheduled 21.
Scholtz took the lead from the re-start ahead of Champ Toni Elias on a Yoshimura-Suzuki, but soon veteran Josh Hayes took control on a Monster Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike. But eventually Hayes was caught by the Broaster Chicken Honda of Jake Gage as well as Elias and Scholtz.
Gage crashed out of second and the battle for the lead with two laps to go, the Scholtz survived a moment or two out of the saddle to take the win, Elias second (first Superbike) with Hayes (second in Superbike) third overall. Gagne set the fastest lap of the race.
“I looked back on the second last lap and saw Jake was right there,” explained Scholtz. “So I was just trying to hold him off, focusing on getting the drive so no one could pass me. I was a little over eager, but I survived, and now I’m really over the moon.”
Pole sitter Roger Hayden (Yoshimura-Suzuki) opted not to take part due to concerns with track conditions, specifically sealer, and third-on-the-grid Josh Herrin pulled into the pits on his Yamaha after the sighting laps.
Veteran Jason DiSalvo was fifth overall and third in Superbike with the WD40-backed BMW – only three of the Feature class bikes made it to the finish!
Hayden Gillim was fourth overall on the “Cycle World” Suzuki, second in Superstock, while Danny Eslick earned sixth overall with his TOBC Racing Yamaha in Motul Superbike, and third in Superstock 1000.
Mopar Canadian Superbike ace Kenny Riedmann had a rough day, starting with a practice fall Sunday morning due to a technical issue with his Sturgess Cycle/Liqui Moly Kawasaki ZX-10R Ninja. Then in the second start for Superbike, he went down in the rain before the race was stopped at the end of the opening lap.
In the final Superbike portion, Riedmann worked through the pack to net a solid ninth overall, sixth in the Superstock category, even though he was nursing a damaged shoulder.
In the final-ever event of the KTM RC Cup, Quebec’s Alex Dumas wound up sixth at the finish after a wild, sometimes 12 bike strong, slipstreaming battle at the front. A three bike crash coming out of the final turn on the last lap mixed-up the results, with new KTM Champ Benjamin Smith winning from Gavin Anthony and Sean Ungvarsky. Next year, the KTM series will be replaced in MotoAmerica by a Lightweight class open to all manufacturers.
“Five wins this season was awesome but this one was really, really special,” said victor Smith. “These guys were flying, I am so glad I pulled it off and got the Championship. Overall it was a fantastic season, I have learned so much, the whole series is fantastic, I can’t thank KTM enough. We’ll go over to Spain and show what we can do.”
MotoAmerica rookie Dumas winds up third overall in the Championship, and also earns a trip to the RC Cup World KTM final event held in conjunction with the World Superbike event in Jerez, Spain, next month. After a crash in Saturday’s opener, former title contender Dumas ran as high as fourth and as far back as eighth in the lead pack over the course of the race.
Newly crowned Kawasaki Ninja 300 Spec series National Champ Xavier Paradis’ rough weekend in Alabama continued, the teen-ager crashing in the morning warm-up aboard the “Roadracing World” magazine backed wild card KTM RC Cup entry. In the 11-lap race, Paradis was running at the back of the lead group early when he suffered a spectacular fall in the final turn, ending his first career event in the U.S. after almost-five laps.
In Supersport and Superstock 600 combined class action, Alberta’s Braeden Ortt scored his second podium spot of the weekend, earning third on the Tuned Racing Yamaha YZF-R6. New Champ Jason Agular took the run away win on the Riderzlaw Yamaha, Nick McFadden second.
“I had some rear grip issues, and a weeper came up on the track,” explained Ortt, referring to track drainage issues caused by recent heavy rains associated with Hurricanes. “Over some of the hills the bike was a real shit show, but really there were no major issues, and everyone is battling this heat.
“Conner Blevins (fourth finisher on a Kawasaki) and I really went back and forth,” continued first-year MotoAmerica rider Ortt. “I saw where he was slower, and I finally made a tight but safe pass in the second-last corner. It was still tight right to the end.
“We lost the pace of the guys ahead a little bit, there were a few close calls, and we faded back from the leaders. In the end it worked out. I don’t know what was going on the first half of the season, but I’ve figured it out – it was a great season, really enjoyed it, and we’ll be making some announcements soon.
Ortt’s sponsors include Shoei, Cortech, Wolf Custom Homes, Graves Motorsport ands FT-ECU.
In the premier Supersport 600 division, recently-crowned Champ Garrett Gerloff shook off his Monster Energy/Graves Yamaha team-mate J.D. Beach to take the win, and speculated on the podium that he would leave the category after five seasons. M4 Ecstar Suzuki’s Valentin Debise placed third.
2017 Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike Canadian National Champ Tomas Casas sat out Sunday action at Barber, after crashing during Saturday’s 600 class event with the Parts Canada/Dunlop-backed Yamaha YZF-R6. Casas, who injured his shoulder, was at the track with his arm in a sling, and took advantage of his enforced break to take his team to the famous local motorcycle museum.
Sunday, 17 September 2017 19:23 Published in News
The opening day of the Honda Championship of Alabama presented by Genuine Broaster Chicken included the final combined Provisional Pole session for Motul Superbike and Bazzaz Superstock 1000cc machines prior to Saturday’s SuperPole session. In a busy day in the final 2017 event of the MotoAmerica National series, Yoshimura-Suzuki’s veteran Roger Hayden was quickest with a time of 1:25.97 on the works GSX-R1000 Superbike.
Former Series Champ Josh Herrin, filling in for the injured Cameron Beaubier on the works Monster/Graves Yamaha team, has a strong second outing on the works YZF-R1, placing second best with a lap at 1:26.28.
The top Superstock entry for less-modified 1000cc machines in the second, Friday afternoon session was South African Mathew Scholtz on a Yamaha, third quickest at 1:26.408. Scholtz has already won the Superstock title for Westby Racing outfit. Newly crowned overall series Champ Toni Elias was sixth best on the seconds factory Yosh-Suzuki.
Kenny Riedmann made his first career entry in the Superstock category with his Sturgess Cycle/Liqui Moly Kawasaki ZX-10RR Ninja, and wound up 16th overall in the red flag-interrupted afternoon 1000cc session. Mitch Card, another rising Canadian Pro start racer, was scheduled to compete in the same category as Riedmann with his Yamaha YZF-R1, but a last minute issue with his racing licence meant Card could not enter the MotoAmerica event.
The top 12 riders will advance to the 15-minute final session to establish the front of the Feature race grid, late tomorrow morning, using special soft Dunlop “Q” tires. The first of the two 1000cc races is scheduled for 3:30 tomorrow, but there have been some delays due to rain seeping through the usually-pristine track surface. There has been considerable rain in the Birmingham area recently, a left over effect of Hurricane Irma.
Qualifying for the KTM Cup spec series for single cylinder machines was rescheduled for tomorrow due to the various water control issues with the track. 15-year-old French-Canadian class rookie Alex Dumas is riding a four race win streak in the KTM class, and has a serious shot at the Championship in the final two races this weekend. Dumas was sixth fastest in the morning session, having run as high as first before he suffered a late crash in his first outing at the track. He was uninjured.
Newly crowned Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike Canadian National Champ Tomas Casas had an encouraging first day as a MotoAmerica competitor, placing his Parts Canada/Dunlop supported Yamaha Canada R6 seventh overall in the “second tier” Supersport and Superstock 600 afternoon Practice with a lap at 1:34.6.
MotoAmerica Series regular Braeden Ortt of Alberta on a Tuned Racing Yamaha R6 was 11th quickest in the Group One session, turning a lap at 1:31.6. Fastest overall in the combined two 600cc classes was newly crowned Champ Garrett Gerloff aboard a Monster Energy/Graves Yamaha R6 at 1:28.18.
“I’m gaining confidence with the bike on this track,” confirmed a cheerful Casas at the end of a very warm day at Barber Motorsport Park. “The bike feels good settings wise, and the adjustments we have made so far have helped.
“I need to work more on the blind corners, and the braking areas, there is so much going on with this track,” confirmed 18-year-old Casas of the hilly, 16 turn venue. “Some of the turns I’m still lacking confidence; that really affects your lap time on a blind section of this track.
“If I can pick up some corner speed, I know I’ll gain some confidence,” continued the 2018 Pro Middleweight Canadian number one plate holder. “The I can really focus on riding with other people and picking up some pointers; so far I have been by myself. That will be a focus of Qualifying tomorrow.
“Overall, it was a lot of fun for my first day. My goal is to make it all the way through the weekend, not to crash, to ride all the time in every session and race and get the greatest opportunity to learn. I want to stay within my limits.”
The first 600cc class race for Ortt and Casas is schedule for 2:25 tomorrow afternoon, with the initial KTM spec race including title contender Dumas slated for the end of the day Saturday at 4:35.
Friday, 15 September 2017 18:30 Published in News
The final event of the 2017 MotoAmerica National road racing Championship takes place this weekend at Barber Motorsport Park, and Quebec’s Alex Dumas heads south with the chance to win the KTM RC Cup Championship. The 15-year-old is coming off a remarkable, record setting four-race win streak at the most recent rounds last weekend at New Jersey and previously at Pittsburgh.
Dumas is second in the Championship standings after eight rounds with only the pair of Barber races left to run, one point behind co-Championship leaders Cory Ventura and Benjamin Smith, the KTM spec series points totals reading 224-224-223.
Showing impressive form in his first season on the American tour, Dumas is just one of several Canuks who could feature at the Alabama event.
Officially called the Honda Championship of Alabama presented by Genuine Broaster Chicken, the event is the tenth and final round of the MotoAmerica Championship and will include two races each for three MOPAR CSBK Canadian National stars.
Belfountain, ON. based Kenny Riedmann will compete aboard the same Sturgess Cycle/Liqui Moly Kawasaki ZX-10RR Ninja he took the second overall in the 2017 Canadian Superbike Championship behind BMW’s Jordan Szoke.
After spending most of the season on a Yamaha YZF-R6 battling Tomas Casas for the Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike Championship, Ripley, ON’s Mitch Card will focus on the big bike classes at Barber. Card will switch to the Yamaha YZF-R1 he used during the final Superbike events of the season last month at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Card earned 10th/11th place results on his 1000cc racer backed by Shoei, Dunlop, Vortex, Goderich Toyota, DP, Maclyn Dust Control, Bluestreak, Bickle, Dynojet and Liqui Moly.
Newly crowned Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike National Champion Casas, aged 18 from Peterborough, ON, will make his American racing debut at Barber, aboard his title-winning Yamaha R6.
“This will be a big step, my first race in the States,” admits Casas. “I’m really excited to get out there, to see what it’s all about. Sandy Noce from Dunlop said that the track is a little like Calabogie, a track with technical corners and not too much in terms of straight-aways. I’ve been watching videos to learn the track; mentally I think I have it fairly sorted out, but that’s not the same as racing on the bikes!”
Casas will be joining the “second” middleweight category in the MotoAmerica Series, the Superstock class run in conjunction with the premier Supersport division, also for 600cc class machinery. Currently, Braeden Ortt of Calgary, AB., is the only Canadian who contests the Superstock series as a regular, aboard the Tuned Racing Yamaha. Earlier this season, 17-year-old Ortt won a round at Sears Point, CA.
Assisting Casas at the venue will be his father, as well as former Casas team-mate and front-running National Superbike privateer Franklyn Dominguez. This duo will work in the pit lane for Casas during his on-track sessions around Barber’s popular 17 turn, 2.3-mile-long layout.
The Riedmann Management Kawasaki team is also expected to be help Casas, since racer and three-time Canadian middle weight Champ Kenny does not compete in the same class as Casas and therefore the two racers will not be on the track at the same time. Former racer and famed chassis consultant Jon Cornwell will also assist newly crowned Canadian number one Casas with set-up on his Yamaha Canada entry.
“I’m missing some High School but I’ll catch up,” continued Casas. “I’m trying to work ahead; I don’t want to do too much homework on the trip!
“I want to say a big thank you to the Riedmanns, they’re really making all this possible. The I have to thank Pro 6 and Dunlop, they’re looking after our tires. Also my new sponsors DP Brakes and ASM Motorsports. As well I have to include my solid regulars, Yamaha Canada, Parts Canada, Brooklin Cycle Racing, Blue Streak Racing, Vortex, Bickle Racing, Flexiglass, Human 2.0, Hindle Exhaust, Peterborough Cycle Salvage and HB Cycle.
“This is probably our last race of the season, for what we have planned,” says Casas. “There is some possibility we might go to the last round of the Dominican Republic Championship. But right now my focus is on Friday morning at Barber, and getting the best set-up right away to get ready for Qualifying.”
Tuesday, 12 September 2017 22:56 Published in News
Alberta's Braeden Ortt has returned to the top step of the MotoAmerica podium with a win in Saturday's Superstock 600 race at California's Sonoma Raceway.
Sunday, 13 August 2017 17:39 Published in News